Think Radio’s Ambient and Immersive Lighting
Think Radio’s primary product is the LightShip. LightShip is a 100mm (4 inch) square, 40mm (1.5 inch) thick lighting ‘building block’. A size that would slip inside a pocket.
LightShip is a full DMX light, based around the highest quality and brightest RGBW (Red, Green, Blue, White) LED’s currently available. Its extreme efficiency enables it to run from a compact rechargeable battery for many hours even when driven to its absolute maximum.
At typical live-event usage levels the battery will last several days before needing recharging. If that isn’t enough, then plug your Lightships in through their convenient USB port, and keep them continuously topped-up.
Did we mention the ease of rigging? A significant cost with many live events is the time to rig the venue, both in labour and venue hire fees.
LightShip’s ultra-portability (think about no more than a shoulder bag for the entire lighting rig), it’s ultra-light-weight (think about less than the weight of an apple, the fruit, not the computer, per device), and its entirely automatic configuration (Lightships self-organise and self-configure their entire network and don’t forget their settings, unless you want them to), PLUS the ease of physically rigging a pocket-sized device, all amount to saving you time, money and effort (perhaps even more so after the show, when everyone is tired, but teardown must be completed quickly, and safely).
Most of the time we would rather not think about it. But recent tragedies underline the importance of emergency lighting systems in public places. In conditions of thick smoke or dust, overhead or fixed lighting may be ineffective or may have been damaged beyond use.
Think Radio’s system offers a truly self-contained emergency lighting system with long-lasting battery back-up to every part of the system. It can be activated from one push of an emergency button, and works entirely independently of every other system, even if mains power has been lost.
It has a role both in evacuation lighting, and in search and rescue lighting (especially when worn as a wristband) assisting in the search for trapped, incapacitated, injured, unconscious or other survivors. It can be programmed to provide guidance towards emergency exits (much like emergency floor path illumination in passenger aircraft), and can be instantly reconfigured should some exits be blocked.
How simple is it to use?
Think Radio devices go into deep hibernation when not near an operational base station, but if there’s one running nearby, they just wake up! For the event lighting engineers it’s as easy as using any other stage light fittings.
The Think Radio system is designed to fit in with the way current stage lighting works and does not require learning or adapting to new technologies. The most widely used system is DMX512, a simple serial protocol that requires lighting devices to be daisy-chained together.
For smaller, simpler stage lighting systems it’s still the standard.
The Think Radio base-station (called Control) hooks-up either via standard 5-pin DMX port, or DMX over USB (and soon DMX over Ethernet with either ArtNet or sACN/e1.31)
If LightShips are being used alone, then it’s literally plug-and-play. Computer, USB cable, Think Radio Control, and that’s it, set-up complete!
Or, if LightShips are being used as part of a larger conventional wired DMX system, then Think Radio’s wireless Control, can be hooked into the DMX daisy-chain, again with no special configuration at all. (e.g. with lighting controllers such as ENTEC’s USB PRO or DMXIS)
This means that you can use any physical lighting desk, or any virtual lighting desk (computer based) to control LightShips or PalmPirates.